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Friday 07/10/2020 4:11 PM - Sheriff's Office Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Sheriff's Office Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
Date and Time of Incident: 7-10-20
Place of Occurrence: County Jail
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: A Sheriff’s Office employee who works inside the Jail is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The employee had returned to work on July 6 after being on vacation. The employee developed symptoms while on shift and was immediately sent home. Public Health is involved and has initiated a contact investigation. The source of infection appears to be from community spread and does not appear to have originated from inside the jail. All staff who have been in contact with the employee have been notified. Affected areas of the Jail have been placed on quarantine. “Incarcerated populations are very high risk for contracting COVID-19 because of the close living quarters,” said Dr. Christy Mulkerin, the Sheriff’s Office Chief Medical Officer. “That’s why the Sheriff’s Office has been proactive in practicing infection control measures since March to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Jail.” This includes daily screening for staff at the beginning of their shift, use of masks and gloves with any inmate interaction, increased facility-wide cleanings multiple times per day, quarantine of all arrestees for 14 days, routine COVID-19 testing for all inmates and staff, and limitation of in-person visitation. To date, no inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, and this is the first staff member affected. The Sheriff’s Office appreciates Public Health’s leadership in managing the County’s COVID-19 response, their partnership in guiding the Jail’s infection control measures, and for facilitating testing of at-risk staff and inmates.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Friday 07/10/2020 4:12 PM